NNLM Reading Club: Addiction and Recovery

NNLM Reading Club: Addiction and Recovery

Addiction and Recovery

Topic: Addiction & Recovery
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September is Recovery Month!

Each September, Recovery Month, sponsored by the non-profit organization, Faces & Voices of Recovery, works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. 

But Don't Wait for a special month!

Each day is an opportunity to raise awareness, share information, or seek help.

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Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans who have recovered from addiction. Their stories demonstrate the right to resources for recovery and illustrate the power and proof of living with long-term recovery. Recovery Month’s theme is “Every Person. Every Family. Every Community” because recovery is for everyone. Recovery Month Toolkit offers resources for community outreach including graphics for social media. 

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People Recover Educational Graphic Medicine image of two adults holding each otherPeople Recover tells the story of living with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. It presents a hopeful message and provides resources for more information. [36 pages PDF]

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Colorado Public Radio's Vic Vela, an award-winning journalist who's also a recovering drug addict, hosts Back From Broken, an interview series about what it takes to recover from the biggest challenge of your life — and what others can learn from your adversity.

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Locate Treatment

A key resource for recovery is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit their online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

Dispose of Medicine

In April and October every year, the U.S. Department of Justice reminds us to dispose properly of all unused prescriptions on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. ​To locate a drop-off site:

  1. On a computer, phone, or other device, visit google.com/maps
  2. Type "drug disposal near me" in your browser search bar

Learn More

  • Drugs of Abuse videos by Learn. Genetics cover a range of substances including cocaine, meth, and nicotine.
  • VIRAL HEPATITIS. ARE YOU AT RISK? Take this online assessment to see if you're at risk.Hepatitis C is a virus that damages the liver. It usually spreads when blood from a person infected with the hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to prepare or inject drugs. Because opioid and drug use has profound economic and health consequences on Americans, including a marked increase in acute hepatitis C infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges Hepatitis Awareness Month every year in May with its campaign, ​Know More Hepatitis.
  • National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge
  • Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an interactive one-hour training that promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. Pathways begins with a 7-minute video that provides background on the principles of health literacy, patient communication, and opioid-related ADEs that are addressed in the training.
  • How to Talk to Your Partner About Their Addiction. Rights of Rain by UWMedicine
  • Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where Do I Begin? This one hour, Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) online training is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators, and healthcare professionals.​ This recording will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. You also will learn how to discuss many of these resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs in your library or organization.

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Book: Blackout
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Blackout

A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, Blackout is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure – the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It’s about giving up the thing you cherish most – but getting yourself back in return.ebook icon Audio book icon

New York Times Bestseller

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget | Sarah Hepola | Grand Central Publishing | 2015 | 256 pages | ISBN: 978-1455554577

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Sarah Hepola’s writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Glamour, Slate, Guardian, and Salon, where she was a longtime editor. She has worked as a music critic, travel writer, film reviewer, sex blogger, beauty columnist, and high school English teacher. She lives in Dallas.

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New Book: Corrections in Ink
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Corrections in Ink book cover imageKeri Blakinger always lived life at full throttle. Growing up, that meant throwing herself into competitive figure skating with an all-consuming passion that led her to nationals. But when her skating career suddenly fell apart, that meant diving into self-destruction with the intensity she once saved for the ice. For the next nine years, Keri ricocheted from one dark place to the next: living on the streets, selling drugs and sex, and shooting up between classes all while trying to hold herself together enough to finish her degree at Cornell. Then, on a cold day during her senior year, the police caught her walking down the street with a Tupperware full of heroin. Her arrest made the front page of the local news and landed her behind bars for nearly two years. There, in the Twilight Zone of New York’s jails and prisons, Keri grappled with the wreckage of her missteps and mistakes as she sobered up and searched for a better path. After she walked out of her cell for the last time, Keri became a reporter dedicated to exposing our flawed prisons as only an insider could. Not just a story about getting out and getting off drugs, this galvanizing memoir is about the power of second chances; about who our society throws away and who we allow to reach for redemption—and how they reach for it. ebook icon Audio book icon

Corrections in Ink: A Memoir | Keri Blakinger | St Martin's Press | 2022 | 336 pages | ISBN: 978-1250272850

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Keri Blakinger is an investigative reporter based in Texas, covering criminal justice and injustice for The Marshall Project. She previously worked for the Houston Chronicle and her writing has appeared everywhere from the New York Daily News to the BBC and from VICE to The New York Times. She was a member of the Chronicle's Pulitzer-finalist team in 2018 and her 2019 coverage of women's jails for The Washington Post Magazine helped earn a National Magazine Award. Before becoming a reporter, she did prison time for a drug crime in New York. Corrections in Ink is her first book.

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Book: Dreamland
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The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive - extremely addictive - miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin - cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Introducing a memorable cast of character - pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents - Sam Quinones, an acclaimed journalist with the storytelling ability of a novelist, weaves the tale of this catastrophic collision of events.ebook icon Audio book icon

Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction | Amazon's Best Books of the Year 2015 | Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (Politico) Favorite Book of the Year | Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (Bloomberg/WSJ) Best Books of 2015

Dreamland (Young Adult Edition) | Sam Quinones | Bloomsbury | 2019 | 224 pages | ISBN: 978-1547601318 | Ages 12 and up

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A reporter for almost 30 years, Quinones lived and worked as a freelance writer in Mexico from 1994 to 2004. He spent time with gang members and governors, taco vendors and Los Tigres del Norte. He wrote about soap operas, and he lived briefly in a drug-rehabilitation clinic in Zamora, while hanging out with a street gang. He did the same with a colony of transvestites in Mazatlan, with the merchants in the Mexico City neighborhood of Tepito, and with the relegated PRI congressmen known as the Bronx. He hung out with the promoters of Tijuana's opera scene and with the makers of plaster statues of Mickey Mouse and Spiderman in that city's Colonia Libertad. In 1998, he received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, and Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2008, for a career of excellence in reporting about Latin America. He returned to the United States in 2004 to take a job with the LA Times, where for 10 years he wrote stories about immigrants, street gangs, drug trafficking, and marijuana growers in Northern California.

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New Book: From the Ashes
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From the Ashes book cover imageAbandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle and his two brothers were cut off from all they knew when they were placed in the foster care system. Eventually living with their paternal grandparents, the children often clashed with their tough-love attitude. Worse, the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father seemed to haunt the memories of every member of the family. Soon, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, resulting in more than a decade living on and off the streets. Facing struggles many of us cannot even imagine, Jesse knew he would die unless he turned his life around. Through sheer perseverance and newfound love, he managed to find his way back into the loving embrace of his Indigenous culture and family.ebook iconAudio book icon

#1 National Bestseller | Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Nonfiction | Winner, Indigenous Voices Awards

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Indigenous, Homeless, and Finding My Way | Jesse Thistle | Atria Books | 2021 | 368 pages | ISBN: 978-1982182946

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Jesse Thistle photoOnce a high school dropout, Jesse Thistle is now a rising Indigenous scholar. In his memoir, From the Ashes, he chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. Jesse is an assistant professor in Humanities at York University in Toronto, has won a Governor General’s Academic Medal in 2016, and is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Vanier Scholar. A frequent keynote speaker, he lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Lucie, and is at work on multiple projects, including his next book.

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Book: Hey, Kiddo
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In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery; Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents, two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction and finding the art that helps you survive.ebook icon Audio book icon

A National Book Award Finalist - All Iowa Reads

Hey, Kiddo | Jarrett J Krosoczka | Graphix | 2018 | 320 pages | ISBN: 978-0545902489 | Young Adult

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and has been a finalist for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. He has delivered two TED Talks, which have collectively accrued more than two million views online. Krosoczka has been featured on NPR and can be heard weekly on The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a show focusing on books, authors, and reading. His Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, and Platypus Police Squad series are all currently in development for film. Krosoczka lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank.

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New Book: The Weight of Air
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The Weight of Air book cover imageIn his groundbreaking memoir, The Weight of Air, David chronicles his struggle to overcome mental illness and addiction. By age nineteen, he'd been through medical detox, inpatient rehab, twelve-step programs, and a halfway house. He saw his drug use as a symptom of depression, but the experts insisted that addiction was the problem. Over the next thirteen years, he went from one relapse to the next, drowning in guilt, shame, and secrets, until he finally found an evidence-based treatment that not only saved his life, but helped him thrive. With grit, humor, and brutal honesty, David's story exposes the danger in traditional recovery models: they actually increase stigma and the risk of overdose, relapse, and death.ebook iconAudio book icon

2022 International Book Award in Addiction & Recovery | 2022 Indie Excellence Award in Addiction & Recovery | 2022 Memoir Book Prize in Addiction & Recovery | 2022 Independent Press Award in Addiction & Recovery

The Weight of Air: A Story of the Lies about Addiction and the Truth about Recovery | David Poses | Sandra Jonas Publishing | 2021 | 262 pages | ISBN: 978-1954861992

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David Poses photoDavid Poses is a writer, speaker, and activist. After hiding his struggle with depression and opioids for twenty years, he started opening up and challenging conventional addiction wisdom. He has been published by the Washington PostLos Angeles Times, and New York Daily News and has appeared on national TV programs, including The Doctors TV Show, and numerous radio shows and podcasts. With candor, humor, and a unique perspective informed by science and experience, David advocates for evidence-based approaches to drug policy, prevention, and treatment. He lives in New York with his wife and two kids.

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